Bishop Ward welcomes in the season of Advent by lifting up generous giving, Giving Tuesday, and Imagine No Malaria.
O give thanks to God, for God is good. May you have an abundant and joyful Thanksgiving.
In the feast of a celebration in the community and the generosity of this good time, we give thanks for God’s rich gifts to us. Then we move directly into the beginning of the Christian year. Sunday is the first Sunday of the four weeks of Advent. During Advent, we will reflect God’s great generosity to us by giving generously to others.
Our mission focus for Advent and Christmas is Imagine No Malaria. United Methodist people around the world, together, are offering generosity so that malaria may end on the continent of Africa. Thank you for your generous gifts. A week from today, is #GivingTuesday, Dec 2. United Methodists, last year, offered $6.5 million on #GivingTuesday. Resources are available for you at our website, so that you may participate. There will be a $1 million match for those of you who stay up late and go online at midnight. The matching funds go very, very quickly, as we found out a year ago.
However, the more important thing is for us to think about giving gifts in this Holy season that are healing for people in the world; that help people to have the food and shelter that they need, for this world to be a more generous and hospitable and just place. My weekly messages during Advent will focus on “Imagine No Malaria,” and invite generosity, so that as Christ comes, we will honor Christ, by offering the love of Christ, out into the world.
May the peace and grace and love and joy of Christ be with you as Advent comes.